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EDINBURGH,
OLIVER & BOYD, TWEEDDALE-COURT;
AND GEO. B. WHITTAKER, LONDON.

1827.

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Entered in Stationers' Hall.

Oliver & Boyd, Printers.

ADVERTISEMENT.

In laying a correct edition of " THE SABBATH” of Grahame and“ THE GRAVE” of Blair before the public, no apology is necessary ; and for an explanation of the views by which the Editor has been guided in diverging from the beaten track of modern compilers, in selecting the other materials of this volume, he must refer to the observations prefixed to the SPECIMENS.

There never were so many readers of compilations and extracts as now; and yet, but for certain accidental lights streaming in upon the pages of the ordinary caterers for the general taste, it could scarcely be guessed that poetry or the art of printing was above a half century old in a country which has for ages possessed the richest, and the

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most copious and varied literature in tl
There is no better nor surer means of el
tastes and bracing the minds of a peop]
to be enervated by a feeble and di
ture, than to multiply cheap editions
parts of the works of those who were t
manly fathers of the national mind.
point of view, can a greater blessing
on a people, than by clearing away the r
those golden mines which they have
sciously possessed, and which they m
moment they are thrown open. Th
spoils of time have been the exclusive
the rich and the learned so long, only
general class remained ignorant of the
common inheritance.

The present volume comprehends
of SACRED and SERIOUS POETRY
tended that a succeeding one, arrai
same plan, shall be devoted to the
AMATORY, PATRIOTIC, and DE
POE no t'd to those whose writing
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